Furloughed or redundant service workers are being asked to lend a hand to Derian House by helping to run the hospice’s charity shops.
The charity based in Chorley has been hit hard by the Coronavirus Pandemic and is running low on volunteers to staff it’s charity shops in Leyland, Chorley and Horwich.
The hospice, which offers end-of-life care to more than 400 children and young adults with life-limiting conditions from across the North West, is hoping those who have skills in the service industry can come to its rescue.
Andrew Upton-Ford, Retail Manager at Derian House, explains the hospice’s current situation and how furloughed workers could be the answer to their problems:
“We know there are loads of really skilled people out there who have great experience in the service industry but have been furloughed or made redundant. We’d love for them to help us out by offering to volunteer at our shops while we’re finding it hard to cover the hours with the staff and volunteers we have,
“Volunteers are our lifeblood and we simply couldn’t operate our network of shops without them. We’re really flexible with our days and times and they don’t need to have specific retail experience – anyone who has worked in a bar or restaurant would be ideal too.”
The charity is in need of around 30 volunteers to staff it’s charity shops and help by serving customers, displaying goods and light cleaning.
The charity shops are based in Leyland, Horwich and Chorley and are open Monday to Sunday from 9 am till 5 pm. Volunteers can give as much or as little of their time as they wish.
Emma Loughlin volunteers at Derian House Children’s Hospice Leyland charity shop for two days a week, she explains the benefits of volunteering and how it has helped her:
“I enjoy volunteering at the shop so much. It gets me out and about meeting new people and I look forward to it every week. Everyone at Derian House is so friendly and I like how it’s a two-way thing – I’m helping raise money for the children and this is helping me as well.”
If you are interested in volunteering at one of Derian House’s charity shops, you can call Frances Lees on 01257 233 300 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.